Common everyday objects or the quiet muses behind the most breathtaking still life paintings? Fruit bowls & baskets can become the central element in your kitchen!
While stealing the show from the top of your table or counter, they must also be functional: picking the wrong shape or material could result in your fruits degrading even faster.
But a fruit bowl or a basket has also a very practical usage when it comes to enhancing your good eating habits - you have your fruits handy anytime to grab as a healthy snack.
"Placing fruit in a basket or bowl (transparent is best) is great way to keep them top of mind to meet your daily recommendation." FruitandVeggies.org
And here's what we recommend considering when shopping for your perfect fruit bowl and basket.
What Type of Fruit Bowl or Basket Should I Choose?
There are hundreds of colors and designs to choose from, but fruit bowls and baskets can mainly be divided into six main categories. Needless to say, some work better with certain types of kitchen décor than others.
- Hanging: not enough room on your kitchen counter at all? Hanging fruit baskets are the ultimate space optimizers, and they usually come in tiers;
"One of my favorite ways of creating more space ( is to store things vertically, rather than horizontally across my countertops. I've been relying on hanging baskets in my kitchen for storing everything from bread to bananas, and I love how they create space and structure at the same time."
Says a chef, Laura Denby, in "Food & Wine"
What Shape & Size Fruit Bowl is Right for Me?
The importance of their shape goes beyond its aesthetic value! Here are some things to consider regarding the shape and size of your fruit bowl and basket:
- Will my fruit be crammed into this particular bowl? The safest bet is one that allows air circulation under the fruit; however, if the bowl is quite wide and you aren't planning on filling it with multiple layers, it will still work. As for size, investing in a large bowl when you only ever buy a handful of pieces per week will be just as impractical as trying to cram too much into a smaller one.
"Don't overload your fruit bowl. Use one piece of each kind of fruit to create a variety, dynamic decor and beautiful fountain of color."Decortips.com
What Is the Best Material for a Fruit Bowl?
There are three ways in which the material of a fruit bowl & basket makes the difference: aesthetics, ventilation, and fragility. While the first one is a matter of personal preference and depends on your existing kitchen décor, the last two are practical considerations.
Wire mesh and ceramic bowls are the best options for preserving your fruit for longer;
Plastic and non-metal mesh are usually cheaper, but can speed up fruit deterioration by making it sweat;
The most durable fruit bowls are made of metal, wood or bamboo;
Materials like glass, crystal or porcelain can create a sophisticated look, but keep in mind that they're extremely fragile; they might not be the best option if you have young children or adventurous cats lurking around.